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I make great practice swings & hit the ball well on the range, but when I get over the ball playing I tighten.
When I relax & swing I hit the ball straighter & farther than anyone in the group i play with.
Any ideas on how to relax when I play?
This is what keeps me from p[lay well.
My one suggestion would be to try and play more often and practice less. The more you play, the more comfortable you will become doing so. Banging a bucket or two at the range is certainly fun and is a great way to stay loose. But it seems to me that in your case, you are losing an important component of the practice - taking what you did and transfer it to actual play. Bottom line (in my opinion), practice less and play more.
Confidence is something that will help you be able to play well under pressure. Each time you go to hit a shot remember the confidence that you have on the range and carry it over to the actual round. I know it is hard but just try it.
Hope it works,
Louis, I have a similar problem. I can take lessons, practice what I learn but when I'm on the course, I can'e repeat what I learned or practice. It's so frustrating!!!!
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Ryan Crysler, TPI GP3Senior InstructorButch Harmon Floridianhttp://Butchharmonfloridian.com
Its pretty simple, you go to the range, how you hit the ball doesn't matter, you get up and hit the ball. You go to the course and you start thinking about how to swing the club. You probably start thinking, what was I doing on the range that worked so well.
That is opposite, at the range you should be thinking about how to hit the ball, how to start the backswing etc. The range is where you instill the things you want into your swing, now when you go to the course you don't think about the swing, you just swing.
I don't mean you throw out a pre-shot routine, you still want to look at what you have, what you want to do, take a couple practice swings, then approach the ball.....here is where you quit thinking(on the range this is where you think about the take away, check positions etc).
The approach, both on the range and the course, is where you get your alignment and ball position.